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See Unique STOL Planes at AirVenture
Specially modified aircraft, originally created for Alaskan bush-pilot necessity but that also created one of the world's most unique aviation competitions, will be part of the "Valdez STOL" (short takeoff and landing) flying activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 set for July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
See Unique STOL Planes at AirVenture

Affair in the Air
This week we feature a time capsule - a look back at EAA from the late 1970s through a documentary about the annual convention and fly-in produced for public television in 1978. Watch video >>

Timeless Voices - Harry Baldwin Jr., U.S. Navy PBM Mariner pilot during World War II

Hints for Homebuilders - Weight and Balance: Creating the Report

Affair in the Air

One Week, One Oshkosh. Buy Tickets Now & Save

Weekly Round-Up
J. Mac McClellan Blog MAC'S BLOG: The Second Machine Age and Pilots
A new book, The Second Machine Age, is causing quite a stir in economic and political circles. And I think the book does a lot to explain what we are seeing in aviation, too. In this new machine age the machines largely control themselves. We have all observed how machines have replaced workers in almost all activities. The fallout for the labor force and the economy is immense, but the new machine age has also reached the cockpit. Read more >>   : :   Recent posts >>

Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Underway
The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo kicked off Thursday morning on Sebring Regional Airport (SEB) in Sebring, Florida, under a sunny albeit slightly chilly sky. More than 120 exhibitors will be displaying aircraft and aviation equipment and supplies throughout the weekend. The Expo runs through Sunday afternoon. Read more >>

Miracle on the Hudson Five-Year Anniversary of Miracle on the Hudson
Five years ago, January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was successfully ditched into the Hudson River after their Airbus A320 crossed paths with a flock of Canada geese 100 seconds after departing New York's LaGuardia Airport and lost both engines. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles safely glided the powerless aircraft to the river, saving all 155 souls onboard what will be forever etched in history as the "Miracle on the Hudson." Read more >>

Murphy Aircraft Murphy Aircraft for Sale
Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing Ltd. of Chilliwack, British Columbia, is on the market, according to company founder and President Darryl Murphy, who started the company in 1985. Asking price is in the $2.5 million to $4 million dollar range depending on how much of the manufacturing machinery the buyer wants. Read more >>

Searey Newly TC'd Searey LSA Amphibian at Sebring
The Elite version of Progressive Aerodyne's Searey light-sport amphibious airplane received FAA certification in December, and this week it will be on display at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Read more >>

Expenses for Oshkosh HQ EAA Volunteers May Be Deductible
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh in 2013. Whether you contributed as a volunteer at EAA AirVenture, the museum and Pioneer Airport, or other areas, your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Did you know that you may be allowed a federal and state income tax deduction for expenses incurred when volunteering at EAA headquarters? Expenses like transportation (including automobile mileage expense), lodging, and meals that you incur in connection with volunteer services performed on behalf of EAA may be fully or partially deductible as a charitable contribution on your personal income tax returns. To determine if you are allowed to deduct your expenses, EAA suggests that you consult with a qualified tax professional and review this memorandum, which has been drafted by our legal counsel.

Again, thank you for volunteering at EAA headquarters. Your important contributions are a big reason EAA is such a success!

David Taisch EAAer Receives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
David Taisch, EAA 9001328, of Tavares, Florida, was presented with the FAA's prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on January 11 at the Florida Mooney Lunch Group meeting hosted by EAA Chapter 534 at the chapter hangar on Leesburg International Airport. Read more >>

SpaceShipTwo Latest SpaceShipTwo Flight Highest Yet
Virgin Galactic has made another significant step toward first public space flights as SpaceShipTwo (SS2) reached 71,000 feet and Mach 1.4 in its third rocket-powered supersonic flight January 10 from Mojave Air and Space Port. Read more >>

SportAir Workshop Spots Still Available at Oshkosh Sheet Metal Workshop
You've thought about it, dreamed about it - and now you can get the sheet metal skills and experience needed to build or restore any metal aircraft with EAA SportAir Workshops in Oshkosh on January 25-26. Register today for the hands-on Sheet Metal Basics course or other workshops at Oshkosh. Other limited course openings include Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems and Avionics, Fundamentals of Aircraft Construction, and the Saturday evening What's Involved in Kit Building. Learn more and enroll today at the SportAir Workshops website or by calling 800-967-5746.
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EAA Store
EAA Store AirVenture 2014 Collector Mug Available for Preorder
Can you believe EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 is less than 200 days away? If you are a collector of everything AirVenture, preorder your handcrafted, stoneware mug today for only $19.95 ($24.95 after March 31). Made locally by master potters from Neenah, Wisconsin, this 14-ounce mug is the fourth in the series and features our new AirVenture 2014 logo on a three-dimensional clay medallion. It is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

Call 800-564-6322 or Shop online >>
EAA Forums
A place to learn, share, and chat with other members.
The Statoplan: French and Fascinating
From Private to Ag Pilot?
What's This Wheel?
New Air Show Act Seeks Crowdfunding
Smoking at AirVenture
More forums >>
Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events
Skiplane Fly-In Skiplane Fly-In
Saturday, February 8
Join us for one of the area's most colorful events, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In. Most skiplanes arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) mid-morning and stay until mid-afternoon. Several other activities include complimentary chili and cake. More information >>

Family Flight FestFamily Flight Fest
March 1 - 2: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kick off springtime by discovering the exciting world of aviation with an interactive, educational family experience. Museum visitors can enjoy a variety of fun, hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
More information >>

EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Ford Tri-Motor Tour: Fly the first passenger airliner January 23 - 26 : Jacksonville, FL
January 27 - 29: Merritt Island, FL
January 30 - February 2: Sarasota, FL
February 6 - 9: Fort Myers, FL

View tour details and book flight, or call 877-952-5395.

SportAir Workshops - Two-day aircraft building programs
Courses include: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems & Avionics, TIG Welding, RV Assembly, and What's Involved In Kit Building
Upcoming Homebuilding Workshops:
January 18 - 19: Lakeland, FL
January 18 - 19: Frederick, MD
January 25 - 26: Oshkosh, WI
February 8 -9: Chesapeake, VA
February 22 - 23: Lakeland, FL
March 22 -23: Watsonville, CA
March 29 - 30: Griffin, GA
View complete schedule and courses available by location >>

Register online or call 800-967-5746.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Webinars: Free to all aviation enthusiasts
January 22: Buying and Selling Amateur-Built Aircraft and Projects - Presenter: Tim Hoversten
January 29: Avoiding Loss of Control - Inflight During Takeoff - Presenter: Gordon Penner
February 5: How to Flunk an Annual Inspection - Presenter: Mike Busch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.

Webinars posted online this week:
Maneuvering Safely - Avoiding Loss of Control
Chapter Chat: How to Start and Run a Successful EAA Chapter
Desktop Wallpaper
EAA Desktop Calendar January 2013: 1943 Howard DGA-15P
Jonathan Apfelbaum, EAA Lifetime 222561, captured this photo of EAA member David Bole's 1943 Howard DGA-15P during the Antique Aircraft Association's 2013 fly-in at Blakesburg, Iowa. Get wallpaper >>

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